Waterbury man arrested on warrants for 2016 burglaries
FAIRFIELD — A Waterbury man was arrested at state Superior Court in Bridgeport Dec. 15, tried in connection with three burglaries in town in 2016.
Abdus-Shadid Muhammad, 53, of North Elm Street, was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of sixth-degree larceny, and one count of third-degree larceny. He was arraigned and held on bonds totaling $150,000.
According to police, Muhammad allegedly broke into Mancuso’s Restaurant, 601 Kings Highway East, on two separate occasions in September. Both times, he took about $150 from the cash register. During one of the break-ins, police said, Muhammad cut himself on some glass, leaving DNA evidence behind.
It is also alleged that Muhammad stole a woman’s purse Nov. 20, 2016, as she was busy loading her son into his car seat while her car was parked on the Post Road in front of Old Post Tavern.
The $800 Louis Vuitton purse, which contained a Chanel wallet worth $1,000, was discovered in the men’s room at the Fairfield Public Library by a custodian the next morning. The library is across the street from the restaurant. The wallet was later recovered from a mailbox by a postal worker and mailed back to the owner.
Library surveillance video showed a man known to library staff come into the building and walk straight to the restroom. That man was identified as Muhammad. He later spent about an hour in the library’s computer lab before leaving.
According to police, Muhammad has an extensive criminal history, with 27 arrests for crimes including burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, larceny, violation of probation, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics, and issuing bad checks.